Certified Renovation Expert (CRE)

Become A 203K Renovation Certified Expert!

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"The Certified Renovation Expert course opened my mind up to many new possibilities as it relates to potential options for my clients who want to buy real estate in Columbus. Having taken the course, I'm now much more versed in the people, process, and the financial products that make purchasing a "fixer-upper" possible for almost any homebuyer. It's the most worthwhile course I've taken in the last 12 months," Josh Dawson, Keller Williams Classic Properties Realty.

Realtors, this course has been approved by the Ohio Division of Real Estate to receive 6 Hours of CE Credit and Certification upon completion and passing of this course. This is terrific news! This course must be completed within 30 days to comply with the Division of Real Estates requirement for the course 953700111E 17-Certified Renovation Expert-203K-6 Hours.

The Certified Renovation Expert (CRE) course was created by Doug Foster, HUD Approved Consultant since 2007, who has been APPROVED BY THE STATE OF OHIO to teach CE continuing education to Realtors since 2012 in a classroom setting, and now has been granted CE continuing education approval for his online course, too.

The Certified Renovation Expert (CRE) is an independent study, which will allow the Lender, Realtor, and Contractor to become an expert in the 203K Renovation Loan Program.

Make homebuyer's dreams come true.

Learn the 203K Process Inside and Out from a HUD Approved Consultant who actively works on 100+ projects annually.

By completing this course, you, the Realtor, Lender, and Contractor will be able to showcase yourself as a 203K Renovation Expert, which is a vital and necessary tool to help buyers and even sellers maneuver within the market of distressed homes.

Many of us thought or maybe we’re hoping that the old market would come back, but the truth of the matter is there are more opportunities than ever to help real estate professionals like you make the dreams of buyers and sellers come true.

This course is going to help you the Renovation Expert to list, finance, or repair ANY distressed property EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY!

Becoming a Renovation Expert doesn't need to be a difficult process.

The Certified Renovation Expert Online Course is specifically designed for each chapter to build upon the last.

The quizzes are designed to help you know the material when it will be needed in the field.

How many of you've had a college course which was so difficult it was not enjoyable, and you studied only to pass the test, but in the end remembered nothing?

The Certified Renovation Expert Course has designed from the HUD handbook 4000.1 easy to learn information concerning the 203K Renovation Loan Program.

This course also provides the forms needed for all 203K Standard Renovation Program.

This course is going to provide legitimate ways to help increase business. This course will be the stepping stone to ongoing training, and the first year will be included with the price of this course.

There are 10 question quizzes at the end of each chapter which will help you prepare for the final exam. All quizzes must be completed to receive CE credit. The final exam is 100 questions, 80% or better is required to receive the certificate of completion.


Ty Savage, Senior Loan Officer with Movement Mortgage, Gahanna OHIO.

”Doug Foster has a great reputation in the field as a HUD Consultant, and he is highly esteemed as an expert when it comes to FHA 203K Renovation education and awareness in the marketplace to benefit consumers, contractors, realtors and mortgage professionals.”

Pauline E. Buck, Realtor with Affordable Real Estate Company, Columbus OHIO.

"I have taken Doug Foster's CE training twice and each time I learn even more. Doug's presentation is well organized and the flow depicts his expertise with FHA 203K Renovation Loan requirements. He shared his experience through visual analysis of what was there before and the results after. Doug walked us through several home inspections that demonstrated what FHA 203K renovation loan can support and, importantly, what the program will not support. Doug brought clarity to the progress from start to finish and offered to provide his services when we, the Agents, are dealing with acquisition/renovation projects using the FHA 203K renovation programs. He's also shown how to market the FHA 203K renovation process as an advantage of buying into a community that may have been out of their budget but now: buying the property at a discount and using FHA 203K program to bring that property up to market value after renovation. That was awesome knowledge and power as a Real Estate Agent."

Ryan Jestadt, President Realistic Construction, Westerville OHIO.

As a Licensed Home Improvement Contractor I have known and worked with Doug Foster for over 10 years as a Certified 203(k) HUD consultant. Doug displays impeccable knowledge of the construction industry. I am highly impressed with the professionalism that he has for both contractors and homeowners when it comes to the renovation process. I appreciate that Doug makes himself available when requested and is timely with returning phone calls and emails, and I can always trust him to be fair and honest. I look forward to many more years working with Doug.

Stuart A. Spalt, Branch Manger with The American Eagle Mortgage Company, Westerville OHIO.

Thank you for Doug Foster's professionalism while working on several 203K loans we have done in the last few months. This process can be cumbersome, but his thoroughness and quick response time insured that there were no delays and all clients are happy and moving along with their rehab projects. I strongly recommend that all my clients reach out to Doug whether they're doing a full or limited 203K rehab loan. I look forward to continuing our professional relationship"

Checkout www.thefosteradvantage.comDoug Foster, 203K HUD Consultant

The best part about the 203K Renovation Program is seeing the smiles on the faces of the homeowners who have created their dream home from what used to be a distressed home. I feel so lucky to be apart of this process, and this naturally puts a smile on my face. I know Realtors, Contractors, and Lenders who also enjoy helping buyers like I do, but they sometimes do not know how to put these less than perfect homes back together again, much like Humpty Dumpty.

What are homeowners saying about using the 203K Program?

"Doug Foster has been my guide and HUD Consultant through all of our FHA 203k projects. He was there for our first and we continue to bring him back each time. His expertise ensured that all of our projects were up to code, acceptable to the bank, and acceptable to FHA. He had an answer to every question I had about the 203k program. We were excited to find out about the CRE course that Doug was teaching. I jumped on board right away! I found the course material to be very thorough and even though I had done 203k projects before, I still learned new things. Reading was easy and comfortable and I did not feel overly pressured during tests or exams. I can say that this course would be good for both homeowners and contractors!" Jessica Hood is a homeowner who has become a contractor after using the 203K program for her project.

“The feasibility report is wonderful because everything is broken down, “Cindy L.

Customer Service, Timeliness, Offerings, Quality
“Hi, Doug Foster was out to do our 203K inspection on a new home we are purchasing. I can't say enough nice things about him!:) Very personable, as well as very knowledgeable. Thank You Anita Smith Dan Smith”

"The home looked incredible after going from rags to practically riches using the 203K Program. We can't say enough fantastic things about the 203K process and how Doug Foster was the glue between our contractor, the lender, and even our Realtor. Very exciting process."Jake and Robin of Dublin, Ohio

Your Instructor

Douglas Foster
Douglas Foster

Doug Foster, HUD 203K Consultant Since 2007

For the past several years since 2013 I've had the opportunities to teach 3hr CE 203K class to Realtors at the Columbus Board of Realtors, and the common thread has been agents thanking me for providing a course which ACTUALLY shows them how to do another deal. The other common thread has been the same agents asking if there's a way to provide additional continuing education on the 203K Program.

The Certified Renovation Expert (CRE) course is designed to help the Lender, Realtor, and Contractor close another deal and complete another rehabilitation project.

The Certified Renovation Expert (CRE) course has constructed the information in the 4000.1 HUD Handbook about the 203K guidelines in a simplistic and realistic manner to close another deal and complete another rehabilitation project.

The Certified Renovation Expert (CRE) course provides the how to's of the 203K Renovation Program, and provides the how to market yourself as an Expert.


HUD 203K Approved Consultant since 2007

Approved by the State of Ohio to teach 203K Continuing Education since 2013.

Complete on average 100+ 203K or Homestyle renovations annually."

Registered Building Safety Professional – ICC International Code Council
Certified Building Solutions Specialist – Certainteed Corporation
Certified Safe Practices Home Inspector – InterNachi
Certified Master Craftsman (5) – Certainteed Corporation
Certified Expert Witness – Franklin County Courts


Course Curriculum

  Certified Renovation Expert Welcome Packet
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  Unit One Quiz
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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